Knockdown style kumite introduced to point sparring competiton. Mixed results.
Well, as I said in another post, my efforts to introduce a separate continuous sparring category to the usual point sparring stuff took a step forward today with an exhibition match held under knockdown rules between myself and my brother. Basic rules were:
Time limit: 2 x 2 minute rounds
Legal strikes: Kicks to legs body and head, punches to body, knees to body and legs
Illegal strikes: Punches to face, knees to face
Clinch: Fighters can hold each other for up to 5 seconds, at the end of which the referee will separate fighters and restart the match
Scoring: a fighter must be knocked to the ground or go down on one knee foe a point to be awarded. Also forcing your opponent outside the area will be awarded a half point. If a fighter is unable to continue his/her opponent will be awarded full ippon and the match.
As this was an exhibition, we (especially my brother) didn’t go out to kill each other, but still kept the contact fairly robust. Afterwards a lot of people came up to me and said the loved it and asked if it would be part of future competitions. I said it was up to the organisers, who were divided on it. Again, some came up to us and told us they were very impressed and that they liked it. Others did a poor job at hiding their disgust and took the “anyone can get on the floor and start hitting each other, the REAL skill is in semi contact games of tag!” line. Anyway, check out the video and tell me what you think.